Wednesday 27 March 2013

Mid Week Motivation: Garden Spells

Hello, friends!  I hope your week is going well and that you've been getting plenty of play time in your craft areas! ;)  This week at Make My Monday, we are focusing on being inspired by the book "Garden Spells" by Sarah Addison Allen.  I've got a little more inspiration and a quick step by step tutorial for your viewing pleasure today!

Here's the book cover for inspiration~

My card~

I'd like to tell you how I got that lovely watercolor effect with my image.  It is SO easy and it works beautifully each and every time!

Materials Needed~

Stamp--bold images work best
Glimmer Mist
Neutral Cardstock


1. Color the stamp with your markers.  Using more than one color will result in a fun and beautiful meshing of colors, but make sure your colors will mix nicely.

2. Spritz your stamp a few times with glimmer mist--make sure to hold the mist about 4-6 inches away from the stamp so you don't spray your color away and so that it doesn't pool in one area.  You're looking for even coverage.

3. Stamp your image onto the desired size of cardstock.   Add this panel to your project.

Here's a little bit of a close up on the detail of my panel--
you can just make out the faint glimmer of the mist on the image.~

I used pearl glimmer mist by Tattered Angels and markers by Stampin' Up! on my card.  For more details, please visit my personal blog HERE.

Thanks for stopping by for a little Mid Weed Motivation!  I hope you join in our challenge this week--I'd love to see what you make!  HUGS and happy stamping!

Mynn xx

Monday 25 March 2013

Inspired by Literature: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Welcome to another week here at Make My Monday!  We're so glad you came back and we are really loving all the amazing entries we get each week!  This week Mynnette is our hostess and she's back with another literary inspired challenge.  This time she'd like you to be inspired by the cover or story of "Garden Spells" by Sarah Addison Allen.


Here's the book cover~

A little bit about this story: "The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers. Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures. A successful caterer, Claire Waverley prepares dishes made with her mystical plants - from the nasturtiums that aid in keeping secrets and the pansies that make children thoughtful, to the snapdragons intended to discourage the attentions of her amorous neighbor. Meanwhile, her elderly cousin, Evanelle, is known for distributing unexpected gifts whose uses become uncannily clear. They are the last of the Waverleys - except for Claire’s rebellious sister, Sydney, who fled Bascom the moment she could, abandoning Claire, as their own mother had years before. When Sydney suddenly returns home with a young daughter of her own, Claire’s quiet life is turned upside down - along with the protective boundary she has so carefully constructed around her heart. Together again in the house they grew up in, Sydney takes stock of all she left behind, as Claire struggles to heal the wounds of the past. And soon the sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy - if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom - or with each other." (Description from HERE.)

And now some inspiration from the DT~


Rosie x


Suzi B
Inspired by the story.

Inspired by the book cover



Sunday 24 March 2013

Heat Embossing - Top 3

Here are the DT favourites for the Heat Embossing challenge

A Muse Studio rubber stamps

Congratulations ladies please feel free to copy and paste the winners badge from the side bar.

Wednesday 20 March 2013

Midweek Motivation - CAS Monochrome

You've got me again - Jacqueline for your Midweek Motivation. This week we are asking for CAS Monotone - choose a colour and create a card just using tones of that colour - you may use sponging in this instance to achieve tonal graduation.

Today's card is a very simple one - take a look

I simply chose a chocolate brown coloured ink pad, made a moon mask from a post it note and inked up my brayer. Torn copier paper was used to create hills , the moon was removed and the trees stamped.

Hope this inspires you to take part in this week's challenge.

Monday 18 March 2013

CAS: Monochrome Colors Scheme

Good morning crafty friends and welcome to another challenge at Make My Monday. 
Today's challenge is to create a Clean and simple card or papercraft project in
All you have to do is choose a colour and create your card or project using varying tone of that colour. Clean and Simple in this challenge means - clean cut layers and minimal embellishments. however, as we are asking you to use monochrome colours this week you may include sponging.

Here is some inspiration from the DT~



Sunday 17 March 2013

Inspired by Nature Top 3

Here are the DT favourites from our Inspired by Nature challenge

Congratulations ladies please feel free to copy and paste the winners badge from the side bar.

Black and Pink Top 3

Here are the DT favourites from the Black and Pink challenge

Congratulations ladies please feel free to copy and paste the winners badge from the side bar.

Wednesday 13 March 2013

Heat Embossed Mid Week Motivation

 Hello  and welcome it's Suzi B again  with Wednesday's inspiration piece. Hope it inspires you to join in with this weeks  heat embossing theme.
Products/ method
Stamps:  Flower:  Paper Artsy Hot Picks HP1011EZ, and Diamonds/Script stamp 96756-P
              Stamp Camp; background behind the flower and base layer
              Pink Paisley: little star cluster on the base layer.
Distress inks: peeled paint, crushed olive,barn door, dried marigold, rusty hinge, vintage photo,     
                     squeezed, lemonade and mustard seed...... swooshed and swirled on every thing..
DP: Kaiser Craft Vintage Timeless
Stamping Up whisper white.
Adirondack: lake mist.
Stampendous detail white EP
Word Stamps... unknown.
 Lace and pearls  from stash
Flower bud is  the dried centre of an orchid flower.

This is the base layer before adhering to 15x15cm card. Actually I added more DI's after this photo was taken.  I just kept adding different colours until I was happy with the results. I repeated this on three layers.
 I added some creamy/white lace before attaching to the card base.

Matting layer for the main image... showing the DP although not realy visible on the finished card.

Hidden message ....  :)

Dried flower bud

Thank you for looking we would love you to join in with us here at MMM .
xx Suzi B xx

Monday 11 March 2013

Heat Embossing

Good morning from every one here at Make My Monday it's time for another weekly challenge with some fabulous DT Inspiration below.  Talking of the DT would you please give a warm welcome to our new members who are...  Rosie, Laura and Jaybe. Don't forget to visit the DT's personal blogs for step by step instructions of the inspiration pieces. click on the links above the photographs.
 Now to this weeks theme chosen by me.... Suzi B. I would like your projects to include
Heat Embossing 


Rosie x

Looking forward to seeing your interpretations, have fun
Suzi B x


Wednesday 6 March 2013

Midweek Motivation - Inspired by Nature

Hi all - Jacqueline here with this week's Midweek Motivation. We are hoping that you are Inspired by Nature and we are asking that you do not use your cute images this week - we will still comment on your entries if you do but you won't be considered for the top 3 in a couple of weeks - sorry!

Here is my card

And here is how I made it

Choose your stamp set.
Stamp your chosen images on to card stock.
Stamp some on to separate pieces of card stock
Sponge a blue sky and green grass on to the card stock. Ink the edges too.
Cut out the separately stamped images and attach to your card stock with 3D foam pads. Layer stamped card stock on to coloured card stock and a card base.

Your finished card.
Who would like to see their card on Facebook? Just like our page, enter the challenge and wait and see! Our Facebook badge is in the side bar.